Indiana struck first in the recruitment of 6'5, 265-pound Brandon Tiassum, a talented two-way prospect from Park Tudor High School, as the Hoosiers offered him a scholarship following his performance at their camp.
"I was amazed that they would offer me," he said.
"I wasn't expecting to get an offer. I'm just proud of myself for getting this offer. I thank IU for offering me and I love the campus, the facility and the coaching staff at IU."
Able to play both sides of the ball, Tiassum says the offer was for defensive tackle, a position he had 55 tackles and ten sacks at last year and a spot he performed well at when he attended last month's NIKE Football Training Camp in Chicago.
After spending the day learning the tricks of the trade, he was able to form a good bond with those position coaches at Indiana.
"Coach Patton, I did like working with him. He kept it simple. He gives you the way he wants you to do it, so there's no ifs ands or buts about it. He's a straight forward guy that has years of experience and it was great having him coach me through the camp."
The Hoosiers may be the first to offer, but it seems like they are destined to have competition for this big, athletic prospect.
"I've gotten a letter of recruitment from UCLA, Oregon, I'm going to Michigan State next week, Louisville, Texas A&M sent me a letter and Purdue."